Benefits of Music for Premature Babies

Music, especially before bed, providing health benefits to the infant. Benefits, especially for premature babies who are undergoing treatment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Findings by scientists from Beth Israel Medical Centre is revealed, there is an increased rate of breathing and heart rate in premature infants who listen to music. This study was published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

The researchers also found, heard live music will improve diet and sleep. In premature infants, this is in line with an increase in heart rate and breathing. Moreover, the track bed will increase parental choice parent and child bond.

The study involved 272 preterm infants who were admitted to 11 different hospitals NICU. These babies are born with a gestational age of 32 weeks. Premature babies are those born with a gestational age less than 37 weeks. This baby has a variety of complications such as sensors that are less sensitive, respiratory problems, cerebral palsy, and learning disabilities.

Researchers used three types of music therapy. The first music using a tool called Remo CDs and ocean gato box. The resulting sound has been certified as music therapy. CDs and box Remo ocean gato reflect sound in the womb, such as heart rate. Noise arising breathing pattern and adapted to the baby's heartbeat. This sound is played three times in two weeks.

Therapists and parents also sang the song, which selected its own. Because no reference track, parents chose the song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".

Infants who heard music show positive health effects, such as improved diet and sleep. Which meant eating is drinking milk. While in newborns, this exposure improve oxygen levels in the blood and the duration of the current calm.

The influence of parents' voices are important values. Parents' voices when singing can soothe baby. This positive effect on the growth process being undertaken. This effect is more felt useful if supported music therapist. Selected lullabies real parents strengthen the bond parents and children. This is evident from the faster the child calm when parents began to sing.

"The important thing we learned is, do not always have a premature baby in an incubator," said Joanne Loewy, director of Beth Israel's Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine. Listening to music, especially the song sung parents, will provide a calming effect.